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    One of the "missing" Apollo 11 Robbins medals.

    Apollo 11 Unflown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 165. This 28mm sterling silver medal was one of 450 minted to fly aboard Apollo 11, the first manned moon landing, July 16-24, 1969, with crewmembers Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. The obverse depicts Collins' early and original concept for the mission insignia with the eagle carrying an olive branch in its mouth. NASA thought the sharp, open talons of the eagle looked too "warlike" and the olive branch, representing peace, was moved to the claws. This is one of, if not the only, major official item that renders the insignia as it was meant to be by the astronaut designer. The reverse has the surnames of the crew and the serial number. There are blank spaces where the dates would have been engraved. Recent research by Robbins expert Howard Weinberger indicates that Michael Collins reported ten medals were missing before the flight. The serial numbers had already been engraved and the missing ones were in the 160s range. Since these medals were not flown and not discovered until much later, there are no mission dates engraved on the reverse. A rare opportunity to own one of the mysterious Apollo 11 medals that was stolen pre-flight. Excellent condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.

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    April, 2013
    18th Thursday
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